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Country Throwback: John Denver Performs ‘Boy from the Country,’ ‘Amazon’ in Last Public Performance in 1997

by Will Shepard
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You won’t believe the goosebumps that you’ll get listening to John Denver perform way back in 1997. It’s been over 23 years since Denver died in a fatal plane crash, but his legend lives on nonetheless.

In this heart-wrenching video from Corpus Christi, Texas at the Selena Auditorium, Denver sings two songs. He performs “Boy from the Country” and “Amazon.”

Although the video cuts the song short, about halfway through “Amazon,” this is the last live show Denver performed before his death. On October 5, 1997, the world lost one of the greatest musicians it had known.

So, enjoy this incredible performance of Denver singing live in Texas.

To this day, people are amazed at how passionately and beautifully Denver could share the human experience. He seems to always sing effortlessly as if telling a love story to a young child. He leaves viewers aching for more as the video cuts off.

One of Denver’s great strengths was his ability to make you feel almost empty when the song concludes. How he can communicate human feelings through songs is virtually unparalleled.

The music icon, especially in “Boy from the Country,” finds a way to share how often society dampens your spirit. He sings about how love and nature are the solutions for the ignored, the lost, or the troubled members of society.

People will forever remember his songs for their beauty, their story, and passion. Every day, Denver is missed. This performance is yet another reminder of how he was taken from the world too soon.

Denver In His Prime

Denver was just 53 years old when he passed, but his music still lives on. He is most known for his songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High.”

But, his career is much greater than just those two songs. During his time, he had four number-one singles on the Billboard music charts. He also had three number-one albums on the same chart.

In 1998, he even won a posthumous Grammy Award for “Best Musical Album for Children.”

If you want to see more country throwbacks, check out Garth Brooks’ first TV appearance.